Goodwood Grand Developer
Goodwood Grand is jointly developed by a consortium consisting of Tong Eng Brothers, Tiong Seng Holdings Limited and Clarus Corporation Pte Ltd
Tong Eng Brothers
Teo Thye Chor and his younger brother Thye Hong came to Singapore from the Hui Ann District of Fujian, China. In the 1940s, they founded Tong Eng Brothers Pte. Ltd. Initially, the company dealt in the trading of electrolytic tinplates used for can and bottle cap production. After the war, the business expanded further into the manufacturing and trading in non-ferrous metal. The company became the leading stockist of electrolytic tinplates in Singapore and a significant regional steel trader.
Thye Chor and Thye Hong believed in the future and growth of Singapore and in the 1950s, Thye Chor diversified into property development. Tong Eng Brothers were the first to develop a 5.5 acre industrial estate in Little Road in the Paya Lebar area. The company also sold many parcels of land for use as petrol stations, to the major oil refining companies Shell, Esso and Mobil, at hefty profits.
In the 1960s, the company built hundreds of houses and apartments in Tong Eng Heights (now known as Changi Heights) and Changi Grove to rent to the British Forces. Their earlier projects also included West Sea Garden in Pasir Panjang, Tong Kong Garden in Upper Paya Lebar and shophouses along Upper Paya Lebar Road. Up to the time of Thye Chor’s passing in 1968, the Company owned up to 100 acres of land for development. Over the last 50 years, the group has owned and developed more than a hundred acres of land, encompassing office, retail, landed housing and apartment projects.
Upon succeeding his father, Thye Chor’s eldest son Tong Wah set his sights on amalgamating Tong Eng’s office, which consisted of three shophouses along Cecil Street with many of the adjoining pre-war shop houses, to form an island site, and develop it into a 26-storey office building now known as Tong Eng Building.
Today, Tong Eng Brothers and its group of companies continue to be active in the property market developing many residential and commercial developments in Singapore. Some of the past notable projects include Greenbank Park, Green Meadows Condominium, Kew Cottages, Serenade Gardens, Trendale Tower, Serangoon Plaza, Stratton Park, Belgravia Park, Hertford Collection and Stratton Green including current projects such as ARC380, Tropika East, Poets Villas, Three Balmoral, Centrium Square and Belgravia Villas
Tiong Seng Holdings Limited
The history of Tiong Seng Holdings dates back to 1959 when their four founders, Mr Pek Ah Tuan and the late Mr Pay Seng Koon from Peck Tiong Choon Private Limited and the late Mr Lee Tuan Chay and Mr Khng Kwi Cher from Song Hup Seng Private Limited, came together to establish a business partnership in the provision of a complete supply chain of excavaton, earth moving and trucking services. To signify this new business collaboration, this partnership was named “Tiong Seng”, where a word from each of the company names was adopted.
Together, these four founders worked on a series of projects in Singapore and Malaysia, many of which were civil and engineering projects. In 1964, the founders decided to elevate this co-operation to the next level by converting the partnership to a private limited company, under the name of Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd.
From its point of inception, Tiong Seng was engaged in the construction business by performing the role of an earthwork contractor which undertook projects from the Jurong Town Corporation, the Housing Development Board and other government bodies. In the 1970’s, Tiong Seng saw potential in the fast developing Singapore economy and ventured into civil engineering. By undertaking projects for the construction of roads, bridges, ports and sewerage treatment plants and other infrastructure, Tiong Seng gained valuable experience and expertise in construction management. This expertise acquired subsequently enabled the Group to gain a foothold into the building construction industry and its eventual involvement in numerous public and private housing projects thereafter.
After establishing their foothold in the Singapore construction market, we ventured overseas and subsequently set up our overseas subsidiaries in PNG, Laos and India. Recognising the need for our Group to constantly keep ahead of the competition, we ventured into property development in the PRC in the 1990s.
Over the years, we have developed core competencies in the fields of civil engineering and building construction and are able to warrant the timely delivery of various types of projects. Besides successfully completing various design and build construction projects and acquiring the experience and expertise on foundation engineering, we have also completed a wide range of projects and are undertaking increasingly larger scale projects.